How to Clean Teeth With Salt

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You can clean teeth with a salt mixture commonly used before commercial toothpaste.
You can clean teeth with a salt mixture commonly used before commercial toothpaste. (Image: toothbrush image by Christopher Hall from Fotolia.com)

Aside from using salt to season food and clean surfaces, salt is an effective substance with which to clean teeth. Cleaning teeth with salt whitens the teeth, contributes to healthy gums and helps remove plaque. Long before commercial toothpaste was made, people cleaned their teeth with salt and other supplies commonly found in the kitchen.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic zip bag
  • 1 tsp. table salt
  • Rolling pin
  • Bowl
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • Spoon
  • Toothbrush

Pour 1 tsp. table salt into a plastic zip bag and seal the bag.

Roll a rolling pin back and forth over the plastic zip bag to pulverize the salt into a fine powder. This makes the salt less abrasive on the teeth.

Crush salt to make it more gentle for the teeth.
Crush salt to make it more gentle for the teeth. (Image: rolling pin image by Andrzej Wlodarczyk from Fotolia.com)

Empty the plastic zip bag into a bowl. Add 2 tsp. baking soda and stir the two ingredients well with a spoon.

Wet your toothbrush and dip it in the salt and baking soda mixture. Brush the teeth as usual, making sure to brush near the gum line. Rinse the teeth with plain water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Gargle with a mouthwash made of 1/4 tsp. each of salt and baking soda in a 1/4 cup of water for fresh breath.
  • The combination of salt and baking soda clean the teeth and freshen breath.

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